Monday, August 23

Number the Stars & the Holocaust

August 28, 1943 - A ban on people assembling in public, outlawing strikes, and a curfew was established in Denmark, under German rule, with the death penalty introduced for cases of sabotage.

August 29 - When the Danish government refused to comply, the Germans officially dissolved it and instituted martial law.


When World War 2 began in 1939, Denmark declared itself neutral, but they were occupied by the Germans in 1940, during Operation Weserübung.  The Germans allowed the king and government to stay in place formally, but without any real power.  This was the state of Denmark until 1943, when the Germans fully took over the country until it was liberated at the end of the war.

Denmark was the only occupied country that actively resisted the Nazi regime and its deportation of Jewish citizens.  In September 1943, a German diplomat secretly informed Danish Resistance members that the Nazis were planning a mass deportation of Jews.  This afforded them much-needed time to rescue and move as many Jewish citizens as possible ahead of time...

Our spine read for this unit is:

  • Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)
    • As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.

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